List of Virtual Boy games

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Nintendo's Virtual Boy console

The Virtual Boy was the first video game console marketed as having virtual reality graphics. It was created and developed by Gunpei Yokoi—the creator of the original Game Boy and the Metroid video game franchise.[1] The Virtual Boy was released by Nintendo on July 21, 1995 (1995-07-21) in Japan and on August 14, 1995 (1995-08-14) in North America with the launch titles Mario's Tennis, Red Alarm, Teleroboxer, and Galactic Pinball.[2] The last official title to be released for the Virtual Boy was 3D Tetris, released on March 12, 1996 (1996-03-12).[3] In total, 22 Virtual Boy games were released; only 14 made it to North America.[4] Several additional titles were announced to be released for the Virtual Boy as well, but they were canceled after Nintendo discontinued the system.[5] The top games released for the Virtual Boy, according to Nintendo Power, included Virtual Boy Wario Land, Galactic Pinball, Mario's Tennis, Nester's Funky Bowling, and Red Alarm.[6]

The Virtual Boy was an attempt to simulate virtual reality. The user looks into an eyepiece on the front of the console, where a projector displays red and black monochromatic images into the user's eyes[7]—a technique similar to that used in IMAX movies.[8] The Virtual Boy was considered a hardware flop, selling 770,000 units before being discontinued a year after its release. Reasons for the flop include the implementation of a red-and-black monochromatic display as opposed to a full color display, the inability to conveniently and comfortably play the device, a retail price of US$179.95 (by comparison, the Game Boy had an introductory retail price of $109.95),[1] and the public's anticipation of fifth generation video game consoles, which included the Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, and the PlayStation.[9] Yokoi left Nintendo soon after the Virtual Boy's failure, but despite rumors to the contrary,[10] he was not asked to leave the company. He completed work on the Game Boy Pocket and left of his own volition.[11]

The following list contains all games released on the Virtual Boy, including all games released either in Japan or in North America only. The Virtual Boy was released in North America and in Japan. Both the English and Japanese titles, as well as both the North American and Japanese release dates, are given when applicable.

Released games[edit]

      Released Internationally       Japan Only Release       US Only Release

Note: The Virtual Boy and games were never released in the PAL markets.[12]

English title Japanese title
(English / Kana / Romaji)
Genre Developer Publisher Release date
North America (NA)
Release date
Japan (JP)
3D Tetris[13] Polygo Block/ポリゴブロック/Porigo Buroku[14] Puzzle T&E Soft Nintendo March 22, 1996
Bomberman: Panic Bomber[13] Tobidase! Panibomb/とびだせ!ぱにボン/Tobidase! Panibon[15] Puzzle Hudson Soft Nintendo December 1995 July 21, 1995
Galactic Pinball[13] Galactic Pinball/ギャラクティックピンボール
Gyarakutikku Pinbōru[16]
Pinball Intelligent Systems Nintendo August 14, 1995 July 21, 1995
Golf[13] T&E Virtual Golf/T&Eバーチャルゴルフ/T&E Bācharu Gorufu[17] Sports T&E Soft Nintendo (NA)
T&E Soft (JP)
November 1995 August 11, 1995
Jack Bros.[13] Jack Brothers no Meiro de Hīhō!/ジャック・ブラザースの迷路でヒーホー!/Jakku Burazāzu no Meiro de Hīhō[18] Action Atlus Atlus October 1995 September 29, 1995
Insmouse no Yakata/インスマウスの館//Insumausu no Yakata[19] First-person shooter Be Top I'Max October 13, 1995
Mario Clash[13] Mario Clash/マリオクラッシュ/Mario Kurasshu[20] Platformer, action Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo October 1995 September 28, 1995
Mario's Tennis[13] Mario's Tennis/マリオズテニス/Mariozu Tenisu[21] Sports Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo August 14, 1995 July 21, 1995
Nester's Funky Bowling[13] Sports Saffire Corporation Nintendo February 26, 1996
Red Alarm[13] Red Alarm/レッドアラーム/Reddo Arāmu[22] Shooting T&E Soft Nintendo August 14, 1995 July 21, 1995
SD Gundam Dimension War/SDガンダムディメンションウォー/SD Gandam Dimenshon Uō[23] Turn-based strategy Locomotive Corporation Bandai December 22, 1995
Space Invaders Virtual Collection/スペースインベーダーバーチャルコレクション/Supēsu Inbēdā Bācharu Korekushon[24] Shooting Taito December 1, 1995
Space Squash/スペーススカッシュ/Supēsu Sukasshu[25] Sports Tomcat System Coconuts Japan September 29, 1995
Teleroboxer[13] Teleroboxer/テレロ ボクサー/Tererobokusā[26] Fighting Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo August 14, 1995 July 21, 1995
V-Tetris/V-テトリス/V-Tetorisu[27] Puzzle Bullet-Proof Software Bullet-Proof Software August 25, 1995
Vertical Force[13] Vertical Force[28] Shoot 'em up Hudson Soft Nintendo December 1995 August 12, 1995
Virtual Bowling/バーチャルボウリング/Bācharu Bouringu[29] Sports Athena Athena December 22, 1995
Virtual Boy Wario Land[13] Virtual Boy Wario Land: Awazon no Hihō/バーチャルボーイワリオ・ランドアワゾンの秘宝/Bācharu Bōi Wario Rando Awazon no Hihō[30] Platforming Nintendo R&D1 Nintendo November 27, 1995 December 1, 1995
Virtual Fishing/バーチャルフィッシング/Bācharu Fisshingu[31] Sports Pack-In-Video
  • JP Pack-In-Video
October 6, 1995
Virtual Lab/バーチャルLAB/Bācharu LAB[32] Puzzle Nacoty J-Wing December 8, 1995
Virtual League Baseball[13] Virtual Pro Yakyū '95/バーチャルプロ野球'95/Bācharu Puro Yakyū '95[33] Sports Kemco Kemco September 11, 1995 August 11, 1995
Waterworld[13] Action Ocean of America Ocean of America December 21, 1995

Unreleased games[edit]

English title Japanese title
(English / Kana / Romaji)
Genre Developer
Bound High[34] Puzzle Japan Supply System
Doraemon[34] Platformer Epoch
Dragon Hopper Jump Dragon Action Intelligent Systems
Faceball; also known as MIDI Maze[34] Shoot 'em up Bullet-Proof Software
Goldeneye 007[34] Rail shooter Nintendo
Interceptor[34] Shoot 'em up Coconuts
J League 3D Stage[34] Sports J-Wing
Mario Adventure[34] Platformer Nintendo
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers[34] Action Bandai
Night Landing[34] POW
Niko-Chan Battle[34] Action Bullet-Proof Software
Out of Deathmount[34] Shoot 'em up J-Wing
Protious Zone[34] Coconuts
Puyo Puyo Tsu Puzzle Compile
Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling[34] Sports Tomy
Sundays Point[34] Coconuts
Mario Kart Virtual Cup[34] Racing Nintendo
VI Racer[34] Racing
Virtual Battle Ball[34] Hect
Virtual Block[34] Puzzle Bottom Up
Virtual Double[34] Puzzle Vap
Virtual Gunmen[34] Shoot 'em up Victor Games
Mahjong[34] Puzzle Vap
Worms[34] Puzzle
Zero Racers[34] Racing Nintendo
Virtual Boy StarFox[35] Shooter Nintendo

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  28. ^ "Vertical Force Release Information for VirtualBoy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  29. ^ "Virtual Bowling Release Information for VirtualBoy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  30. ^ "Virtual Boy Wario Land Release Information for VirtualBoy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  31. ^ "Virtual Fishing Release Information for VirtualBoy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  32. ^ "Virtual Lab Release Information for VirtualBoy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  33. ^ "Virtual League Baseball Release Information for VirtualBoy". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
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